Girls hockey playoffs kick off Friday

Jack Christianson

The post-season has arrived for the high school girls hockey teams in the state. For the past eight seasons, Mounds View and Irondale/St. Anthony Village were members of Section 5AA but that isn't the case this year. The Mustangs and Knights have returned to Section 4AA for at least the next two seasons.

The seeds for Section 4AA weren't announced until Monday afternoon, past the deadline for this edition of the Bulletin. The 4AA tournament starts with two quarterfinals on Friday at Roseville and two more on Saturday at the St. Croix Valley Rec Center.

Mounds View

The move to 4AA means the Mustangs will see more Suburban East Conference foes in the post-season. There were no other SEC teams with Mounds View in Section 5AA but Section 4AA contains five.

Mounds View (13-8-4) closed out the season on Jan. 29 with a trip to St. Paul for a meeting with Cretin-Derham Hall. The Suburban East Conference champion Raiders outshot the Mustangs 30-18 and came away with a 3-2 victory.

Mounds View led 1-0 after the first period on the strength of Sydney Brodt's goal just 2:34 into the game. CDH answered with a pair of second-period scores less than two minutes apart to take the lead for good. 

The Raiders made it a two-goal lead midway through the third period before Raelyn Robert pulled Mounds View within a goal with two minutes to play. That would be as close as the Mustangs would get, however.

The loss was only Mounds View's second since Jan. 9. Since Christmas, the Mustangs are 7-4-1.

Irondale/St. Anthony Village

Switching to Section 4AA means the Knights will no longer face any Northwest Suburban Conference foes in the post-season. Seven of the nine teams in 5AA last season were from the NWSC.

Not much went right for the Knights in January but they were able to close the month, and the regular season, out with a victory. They went on the road on Jan. 30 and knocked off Anoka 2-1.

Junior forward Megan Lyke provided all the offense Irondale (7-18) would need as she scored an even-strength goal in the first period and added a shorthanded marker in the third. Lyke's goals gave the Knights a 2-0 lead but Anoka got one of those back 19 seconds after the shorthanded tally.

That left the Knights to protect a one-goal lead for about 12 minutes, which they did.

Senior goaltender Kalley Elwell made seven third-period saves and finished with 30 to pick up the victory.

The win over Anoka snapped a five-game losing streak in which Irondale was shut out three times. It was also only the Knights' second victory of the month.

Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

Section 4AA girls hockey team capsules

Team: Hill-Murray
Record: 24-0-1
Record against section teams: 3-0
Conference finish: Champion of Metro East Conference

Team: Irondale/St. Anthony Village
Record: 7-18
Record against Section 4AA teams: 0-1
Conference finish: Eight place in Northwest Suburban Conference

Team: North/Tartan
Record: 15-9-1
Record against Section 4AA teams: 1-3
Conference finish: Second place in Metro East Conference

Team: Mounds View
Record: 13-8-4
Record against Section 4AA teams: 7-3
Conference finish: Tied for fourth place in Suburban East Conference

Team: Roseville
Record: 12-13
Record against Section 4AA teams: 6-4
Conference finish: Tied for fourth place in Suburban East Conference

Team: Stillwater
Record: 8-15-2
Record against Section 4AA teams: 4-5
Conference finish: Sixth place in Suburban East Conference

Team: White Bear Lake
Record: 17-6-2
Record against section teams: 6-2
Conference finish: Third place in Suburban East Conference

Team: Woodbury
Record: 3-21
Record against Section 4AA teams: 0-9 
Conference finish: Ninth place in Suburban East Conference



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